20 new books hit the shelves this week. ‹ Literary Center


Feb 8, 2022 4:31 am

There’s Throwback Thursday and Caturday and Selfie Sunday, and I’d really just like to know when we’re going to be doing New Books Tuesday, folks. I mean, just look at this treasure trove of new books hitting shelves this week. tell your friends #NewBooksDay. It’s one thing.


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lynda barry, come over come over
(Drawing & Quarterly)

“Disturbing, comedic, and uncomfortable vignettes leave readers writhing with uncomfortable self-awareness and shared hope.”

Rebecca Mead, Home/Land: A Memoir of Departure and Return

Rebecca Met, homeland

“The author’s commentary on these and other phenomena is always insightful, concise, and well-written, as one has come to expect from a long time New Yorker Writer.”

Heather Havrilesky, Foreverland: On the Divine Boredom of Marriage

Heather Havrilesky, Forever

“With bitter humor and sharp wit, Havrilesky explores the complicated emotions associated with major milestones in her life… Havrilesky’s candid reflections will delight those who have taken the plunge, for better or for worse.”
-Publisher Weekly

Very cold people

Sarah Manguso, Very cold people

“With icy precision and biting wit, Manguso sketches a milieu in which class and gender are silenced by lip service to the American Dream.”
–The Star Tribune

Heather O'Neill, When We Lost Our Heads

Heather O’Neill, When we lost our heads
(river head)

“O’Neill’s sharp descriptions and the archaic leanings of her prose successfully immerse the reader in that period.”
-Publisher Weekly

Nobody's Magic_Destiny O. Birdsong

Destiny O. Birdsong, Nobody’s magic
(Grand Central)

“Rather than overlapping, the novellas resonate with one another and allow Birdsong, a poet, to display an impressive range of perspectives.”
–The New York Times book review

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Jessica Au, Cold enough for snow
(New Directions)

“Au’s novel, written without chapter breaks, deftly uses the stream of consciousness to explore the legacy of inherited family traits and the difficulty of breaking free from them.”
–The New York Times book review

Dirty bird blues

Clarence Major, Dirty bird blues
(Penguin Classic)

“He’s a rhythmic writer with a keen ear for colloquial music… a novel that’s moving – and very entertaining.”
-Publisher Weekly

Jawbone_Monica Ojeda

Mónica Ojeda, tr. Sarah Bucher, jawbone
(coffee press)

“There are hints of Lovecraft and Shirley Jackson at play, but the vision is ultimately Ojeda’s own – delicious in the way it seduces and disturbs the reader, as the girls rely on horror both as entertainment and as a means to get around.” ward off the real horrors of growing tall. It’s a lot of fun.”
-Publisher Weekly

Coco Mellors, Cleopatra and Frankenstein

Coco Mellors, Cleopatra and Frankenstein

“At its core, it’s a novel about how love and lovers can easily be misinterpreted and how romantic issues affect friends and family. A sophisticated and captivating rewiring of big city romance.”

Imogen Crimp, A very nice girl
(Henry Holt)

“A gripping novel – the unraveling of Anna’s career and the increasingly narrowing of their relationship is compelling without feeling mechanically implied.”
-The guard

AJ Baime_White Lies

AJ Baime, white lies

“In white liesBaime appealingly shines the spotlight on one of the most important figures in American history, whose story deserves to be better known.”
-Book List

Miss Grace Lavery_Please

Grace Lavery, Please miss
(sealing press)

“Essayist and UC Berkeley professor Lavery debuts a surreal, speculative treatise that is alternately compelling and impenetrable…LGBTQ literary figures will find much to explore.”
-Publisher Weekly

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brian tierney, Soar and soar

“This powerful collection offers readers an exploratory, visual and tactile exploration of the past while allowing room for tenderness and understanding.”
-Publisher Weekly

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Linda Hirschmann, The color of abolition

“A well-researched story of the arduous road to emancipation.”

Marco Missiroli_Fidelity

Marco Missiroli, loyalty
(George Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

“Clever[ly] Structured with characters criss-crossing each other’s lives and the streets of Milan, with the second half of the book set nine years later, Fidelity is filled with pain and pleasure, blood, sweat and cum.”
–The evening standard

Eliza Reid_Secrets of the Sprakkar

Eliza Reid, Secrets of the Sprakkar
(source books)

“Reid writes with the hope that the rest of the world might look to Iceland as a role model, and I not only agree with her but commend her short, well-written, amusing and detailed book.”
-The Washington Post

insurgency_jeremy w peters

Jeremy W Peters, revolt

“…this is a compelling and accessible story of how the GOP got to where it is today.”
-Publisher Weekly

Cost of Living_Emily Maloney

Emily Maloney, cost of living
(Henry Holt)

“[A] fascinating new collection of essays on what it means to give and receive care. A book that couldn’t be more up-to-date.”
–The Star Tribune

Chuck Klosterman, The Nineties

Chuck Klosterman, The nineties
(penguin press)

“With humor and story (supported by articles, TV news, ads and interviews), Klosterman’s volume is the perfect guide for millennials ironically wearing vintage t-shirts.”
– Library journal


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